Getting to Choose.
But who gets to choose this ordered end ... --Maxine Kumin Trying to will an ordered end I'm mucking out the garage where old manuscripts are stored with books, journals, magazines, old photographs of boyfriends, husbands, friends' kids, mine. My bed and board can't survive this hoard, nor can I abide leaving it to my only child to sort and deal with, short of tossing it all or calling the junkman and stuffing what remains into garbage bags for shredding-- if shredding isn't too dear-- but junk won't keep me here. My ordered end will be as sparse as I can make it-- the devil take it!
Irene Willis is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Rehearsal (IPBooks, 2018) and editor of a 2017 anthology of poems about Sigmund Freud.